English & Modern Languages

Spanish

The department offers the Spanish Major and the Spanish Minor. The major is essentially a pre-professional degree, preparing students for further study or for work in a variety of settings, domestic and international. The Spanish Minor adds value to many majors, and for this reason is one of the most popular minors on campus. Click through the following tabs for detailed information.

The primary goal of the Spanish major is to equip students—both heritage and second-language learners—with a high level of trans-lingual and trans-cultural competence, preparing them to act professionally in work environments with educated native speakers of Spanish. Through our linguistics courses, students develop detailed knowledge of the intricacies of Spanish, and of language more generally. Our literature courses stress essential skills such as critical reading, writing, argument, and analysis, in addition to the vital cultural touchstones that constitute cultural competence.

Since the inception of the major in 2000, we have a strong record of placement in Spanish Ph.D. programs at campuses of the UC system. Our graduates are well prepared to pursue work opportunities internationally, or in transnational companies in the US. The Spanish B.A. is especially well suited for students wishing to teach Spanish in middle or high schools, since it provides the subject matter competency necessary to pursue a Single Subject Credential in Spanish (which is done as a fifth year of study in the School of Education at Cal Poly or at another institution).

Please consult the Spanish Curriculum Sheet at right for further details of our program, including GE requirements.

Spanish Courses—Required

  • SPN 2130: Spanish Intermediate Composition
  • SPN 3110: Advanced Spanish Writing and Academic Speech
  • SPN 3120: Introduction to Translation and Interpretation —or— SPN 3130: Business Spanish —or— SPN 3160: Fundamentals of Creative Writing and Nonfiction
  • SPN 3210: Spanish Morphology and Syntax
  • SPN 3310: Foundations of Literature: Narrative
  • SPN 3330: Foundations of Literature: Theater
  • SPN 3410: Spanish Civilization
  • SPN 3420: Latin American Civilization
  • SPN 4610: Spanish Capstone

Spanish Courses—Electives

  • SPN 2112: Intermediate Spanish II —or— SPN 2120: Spanish for Spanish Speakers II
Choose two of the following:
  • SPN 4310: Early Modern Spanish Literature
  • SPN 4320: Mexican and Chicano Literature
  • SPN 4330: Gender in Hispanic Texts
  • SPN 4340: The Novel as Art or Popular Fiction
  • SPN 4350: Hispanic Modernisms
  • SPN 4360: Hispanic Cinema
  • SPN 4370: Post-2000 Prose Fiction
  • SPN 4380: Literature of the Spanish Empire
Choose three of the following:
  • SPN 3220: Spanish Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology
  • SPN 4210: Spanish for Teachers
  • SPN 4220: History of the Spanish Language
  • SPN 4230S: Spanish Applied Linguistics—Service Learning
  • SPN 4240: Spanish Comparative Linguistics

Additional Electives for the Major

  • Choose one additional 3000–4000 level Spanish course
  • Choose one additional related Art History, Geography, History, Music, English, or Spanish course from those listed on the Degree Curriculum Sheet

Unrestricted Electives

  • 7-10 elective courses from throughout the University

The minor in Spanish provides an ideal complement to a wide range of majors: Business, Liberal Studies, Sociology, Agriculture, Hospitality Management, and many others.  Students must take SPN 2130: Spanish Intermediate Composition, either the heritage speaker track or the second language learner Intermediate-level Spanish language course, and four upper-division courses. Of these, one must be from Group A (linguistics and language) and one from Group B (literature/cultural studies). The two additional upper division courses chosen may be chosen from either Group A or B according to the student's professional and personal language goals. The Spanish minor thus allows for a great deal of flexibility and can be highly tailored.

Requirements

  • SPN 2130: Spanish Intermediate Composition

Intermediate Language

Choose from one of the following depending on your language learning profile:

  • SPN 2112: Intermediate Spanish II (second-language learners of Spanish)
  • SPN 2120: Spanish for Spanish Speakers II (native/heritage learners of Spanish)

Advanced Courses

Choose one class from Group A, one from Group B, and the two remaining from either A or B, depending on your goals, for a total of four courses.

Group A (linguistics and language)

  • SPN 3110: Advanced Spanish Writing and Academic Speech
  • SPN 3120: Introduction to Translation and Interpretation
  • SPN 3130: Business Spanish
  • SPN 3160: Fundamentals of Creative Writing and Nonfiction
  • SPN 3210: Spanish Morphology and Syntax
  • SPN 3220: Spanish Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology
  • SPN 4210: Spanish for Teachers
  • SPN 4220: History of the Spanish Language
  • SPN 4230S: Spanish Applied Linguistics—Service Learning
  • SPN 4240: Spanish Comparative Linguistics

Group B (literature and cultural studies)

  • SPN 3310: Foundations of Literature: Narrative
  • SPN 3330: Foundations of Literature: Theatre
  • SPN 3410: Spanish Civilization
  • SPN 3420: Latin American Civilization
  • SPN 4310: Early Modern Spanish Literature
  • SPN 4320: Mexican and Chicano Literature
  • SPN 4330: Gender in Hispanic Texts
  • SPN 4340: The Novel as Art or Popular Fiction
  • SPN 4350: Hispanic Modernisms
  • SPN 4360: Hispanic Cinema
  • SPN 4370: Post-2000 Prose Fiction
  • SPN 4380: Literature of the Spanish Empire

A period spent immersed in the language and culture of another place can be a transformative experience. Linguistically, it can lead to rapid improvements in proficiency. Intellectually, it is almost certain to transform the way a student views the world. Personally, it can be a journey that leads one to a more mature and responsible outlook. Study abroad experiences contribute to producing globally-aware, curious, empathetic, citizens of the world.

Two types of programs are available. Those interested in less than a full year can work with the Cal Poly Pomona International Center. Those considering a full year of study abroad (the gold standard) should work with the CSU office of International Programs.

Financial aid does apply to programs run through the both these offices and a study abroad experience can be surprisingly accessible.

We encourage all our majors to consider spending time abroad. All CSU International Programs classes are transferred automatically. For students who have gone on other programs, we will work with you to make sure your classes transfer and are counted toward your major.

Many of our students fall somewhere along the heritage speaker spectrum. If this is your situation, there are good reasons for you to want to study Hispanic literature, culture, linguistics and the Spanish language at an advanced level: professional reasons (becoming a professional teacher or translator/interpreter gives you a platform for engagement with the Spanish-speaking Latino community of the Inland Empire); intellectual reasons (fascination with Hispanic literature or linguistics at a deep level); personal reasons (having a deeper connection to one's culture); and political reasons (wanting to engage with one's community in a political way, wanting to take a position of leadership).

Mastering formal registers and written conventions is an integral part of language study. Heritage learners are quite often motivated by the desire to move with greater ease and confidence in professional or formal settings in Spanish, in both speaking and writing. Our classes are designed to increase your bilingual range and literacy.

Our philosophy is non-prescriptive: we seek to validate what you know, and in our linguistics courses we stress the importance of situating such notions as "correct" usage critically.